Yesterday, it was officially announced that World Series Champion Alex Gordon declined his player option for the 2016 season, meaning he will become a free agent. The play option would have paid the 31-year-old $12.5 million for the upcoming season.
While the Red Sox have an already crowded outfield as it is, one baseball executed reportedly admitted that Boston, specifically Dave Dombrowski, has been a big fan of Gordon for quite some time.
The glaring need for this Red Sox team is a front-end of the rotation starter, so one would assume that David Price, Johnny Cueto or Zack Greinke would get the brunt of the Red Sox money. Moreover, Gordon's talent in the outfield would not be utilized in Fenway's tiny left field, unless they decide to move him to a different position.
So, all signs point to Gordon either re-signing with the Royals or cashing out with a team desperate for great defense and a professional bat, right? Think again...
The Red Sox are going to be competing with a plethora of teams to sign an ace. Aside from Max Scherzer, a pitcher of Price or Greinke's caliber has not been available for a long time. What if the Red Sox miss out on one of these guys, then?
In short, they aren't going to enter the season with Clay Buchholz getting the ball on Opening Day. After last year's debacle, it is clear that this team needs pitching.
A safer, yet possibly more expensive route could be through trading for an ace. The Red Sox are undoubtedly taking calls on almost everyone on their roster, and the current outfield should not be the exception. Jackie Bradley Jr. or Rusney Castillo could be involved in a package to bring a Sonny Gray or Chris Sale to Boston. The Red Sox have the best farm system in baseball, according to multiple polls, and it should be utilized to help construct this current team.
If this happens, the Red Sox will be in need of some outfield help with the hopeful departure of Hanley Ramirez.
A lot of things would have to go right, or wrong, for the Red Sox to be a contender for Alex Gordon, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility...
By Pete Packowski